Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Songwriting: Fundamentals


Tuesday or Thursday with Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work


Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Charles Kim, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!


Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

Beginning Music Theory


This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Songwriter's Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Friday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Dar Williams ONLINE Songcraft Seminar


Wednesday with Staff

450 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $150 ($130 members)

Enhance your songwriting approach with an online encounter with this seasoned master.

Emcee Skool: Hip Hop Lyricism and Performance

Open to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Singer-Songwriter 4 Weeks to Fabulous


Wednesday with Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

You can do it! on your mark…get ready…set

Songwriting: The Great Songs


Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Songwriting with Open Tunings


Wednesday with Andrea Bunch

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Tune your guitar to a chord and take off from there

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.

8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)

Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/29/2020 – 08/16/2020

Tuesday 05/26/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 06/09/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/10/20: Open registration


Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Mandolin

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele